SEL Products for Your Community
Although much of SEL is focused on young kids and young adults, anyone can benefit from the concepts and competencies for academic, career, and lifelong learning success. Useful for both off-site and in-library use by librarians, parents, students and kids, or any patron who is interested in SEL, the products below include titles that address these key elements of social and emotional learning:
- Problem-solving skills (critical-thinking component)
- Growth mindset (vs. fixed mindset)
- Celebrating diversity / perspective-taking / understanding others’ emotions and thoughts
- Managing stress / anxiety / frustration
- Can be used for teamwork exercises / collaboration
- Practicing respectful disagreeing
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The World Almanac® for Kids
Intermediate-level kids can learn about global citizenship, social awareness, religious and cultural diversity, and strategies for dealing with emotions during these challenging times and beyond. Look for these important topic sections:
- Character Matters
- Take a Stand
- Holidays and Celebrations
Learn more about The World Almanac® for Kids.
The World Almanac® for Kids Elementary
Elementary-level kids can learn about global citizenship, social awareness, religious and cultural diversity, and strategies for dealing with frustration and anger during these challenging times and beyond. Take a look at these topic sections:
- Character Building
- Being a Good Citizen
- Families, Neighborhoods & Communities
- Holiday Celebrations
Learn more about The World Almanac® for Kids Elementary.
Just for Kids Streaming Collection
The Just for Kids Streaming Collection gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Young kids can learn about respect, kindness, emotions, teamwork, diversity, and more while having fun watching their favorite characters. Here is a selection of Just for Kids content related to SEL for your young patrons and their parents:
- Sesame Street: a wealth of engaging Sesame Street helpers, with titles such as Belly Breathe, Different Feelings, Quiet or Loud Song, Elmo and Grover Work Together, Being Healthy, and more!
- Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tiger helps kids learn life lessons with
Daniel Can’t Ride Trolley / Daniel Can’t Get What He Wants, Time for Daniel / There’s Time for Daniel and Baby Too, Daniel’s Friends Say No / Prince Wednesday Doesn’t Want to Play, and more!
- Treasure Champs: Folktales for Kids series with inspiring titles such as Empathy, Self-Respect, Courage, Loyalty, Sharing, Kindness, and more!
- Highlights for Children: Ask Highlights Kids series with fun and accessible titles such as Neighbors Moving Away, Mean “Friend,” Smarty Pants, Math Struggle, Teasing, Siblings Fighting, Telling the Truth, and many more; additional titles including Can’t Sleep Mama, A Lost Friend, Carmela Plants a Tree, Cheer Up Scarecrow, and more!
- Just Like You series
- Franklin’s Granny: Franklin the Turtle
- What’s Respect: Self-Respect
- Everybody’s Different: Respecting Everyone’s Ideas
- Everybody’s Different: Different Cultures, Different Customs
- Understanding People with Disabilities
- Little Bunny’s New Neighbor
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Reading Rainbow
- Beep Has the Blues / Chore Day (Ready Jet Go! series)
- and many others
Learn more about Just for Kids.
Access Video On Demand
Access Video On Demand offers public libraries an expansive, patron-friendly collection of thousands of high-quality videos. The following relevant titles can be used for programming or for individual viewing to help your patrons understand social and emotional learning concepts:
- Respect: Switch On series
- Communication & Collaboration series
- PowerSplash Project: videos such as Common Sense: Life Lessons; Common Sense: Good Manners; The Bullying Epidemic; Common Sense: Good Decisions; Common Sense: Relationships; Common Sense: Prejudice; Relax, Refocus, Rejoin: The Employee Awareness series; and more
- Anxiety Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks: Calming the Mind
- Mental Health: The Basics
- From Coronavirus to Thunderstorms: Rethinking Our Fear
- Stress Management: Psychological Counseling
- One Nation Under Stress
- Family Stability Inside Change
- TEDTalks: Casey Gerald—Embrace Your Raw, Strange Magic
- TEDTalks: Eve Pearlman—How to Lead a Conversation between People Who Disagree
- TEDTalks: Katie Hood—The Difference between Healthy and Unhealthy Love
- TEDTalks: Kashfia Rahman—How Risk-Taking Changes a Teenager’s Brain
- Demonstrate Strengths: Cutting Edge Communications Success at Work Series
- 4 Essentials for a Respectful Workplace
- 4 Strategies for Building Collaboration
Learn more about Access Video On Demand.
Health Reference Center
Health Reference Center provides up-to-date and reliable information on important SEL areas such as mental health, anxiety, and teen issues, with videos, articles, directories, and more. Look for this relevant, timely content:
- Teen’s Health Center: includes crucial information for teens on topics such as anxiety, depression, and mental health; stress and stress management; and family life and relationships
- Teens’ Healthy Choices Videos: proprietary video series that offers teen-to-teen guidance with titles such as “Depressed: You Are Not Alone,” “Depression and Social Media,” “Keep Your Anxiety and Stress in Check,” and “What You Can Do and Say to Keep Bullies Away”
- Children’s Health Center: includes sections on peer pressure, internet and online safety, and other topics relating to development and well-being
Learn more about Health Reference Center.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center includes material on academic success and workplace skills—such as growth mindset, collaboration and teamwork, and more—that are crucial to SEL. Look for these topics:
- Communication Skills
- Ethics and Etiquette
- Leadership Skills
- Organization Skills
- Problem Solving
- Teamwork Skills
Noteworthy blog articles include:
- How to Reduce Coronavirus Anxiety While Working from Home
- The Right Mindset for Interview Success
- How to Cope When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed at Work
- 7 Ways to Fight Workplace Stress
Learn more about Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center.
Issues & Controversies
Issues & Controversies’ unbiased, trustworthy pro/con content on today’s most important issues facilitates key SEL concepts such as respectful disagreeing, problem-solving skills, and perspective-taking, among others. Features such as discussion questions support growth mindset by challenging students to communicate effectively and think critically. By showing two sides to controversial issues, Issues & Controversies enables users to understand the ideas and viewpoints of other people and help them reach common ground.
Learn more about Issues & Controversies.